VIDEO: Thorpe Salvin and Harthill will be ‘completely cut off’ from Worksop after decision to axe 271 bus service

Thorpe Salvin and the surrounding areas are set to be cut off from Worksop following decisions to scrap a key bus link.

The 271 bus service, which runs between Worksop and Crystal Peaks and is operated by TM Travel, will cease to be from the middle of July.

It is understood that a replacement service travelling from Crystal Peaks to Thorpe Salvin through Kiveton Park will take its place.

The new 26 bus, also operated by TM Travel, will give a hourly service between the hours of 07.30 and 18.30 Monday to Saturday.

Joy Patterson, chairman of Harthill Parish Council, said that many changes had been made to buses in Thorpe Salvin and Harthill.

Said Joy:“Both parish councils have fought to keep the 271 but we were told there was not enough funding to maintain the service during a meeting with Rotherham Bus Partnership.”

“They were planning to not only scrap the 271, but also two other bus routes that connect Thorpe Salvin and Harthill to the cities of Sheffield and Rotherham, leaving us completely cut off.”

“Due to the sheer amount of villagers that attended the meeting and opposed these changes, all bus routes except the 271 were saved- apparently all subsidy from the Council has been withdrawn as there is not enough demand for the route.”

“There have been rumours that the 271 may operate a morning and evening run for commuters but TM Travel are yet to release a timetable.”

“The many residents from the local area who use this service to get into Worksop will now have to catch the 26 to Kiveton railway station and catch one of the hourly trains to the town.”

“The 271 is also the last bus which connects Worksop to the Sheffield area, meaning residents of the town wanting to travel into Sheffield will have to catch a train too,” she added.

Rotherham Borough Council, who are thought to have withdrawn subsidy for the service, were unavailable for comment.